Paul Auster, a man who has carried a wound
In his third memoir, Auster contemplates the fear and anxiety that possessed him as he approached his 64th birthday. His concerns will be familiar to many readers, but because he is Paul Auster, he is uniquely able to reflect on them for the rest of us.
by Paul Auster. Henry Holt and Company, 230 pages, $26
Death, sudden and untimely, is never far from Auster’s consciousness. And no wonder. His 14-year-old friend and classmate was killed by a lightning bolt; before Paul was born his grandfather was shot and killed by his grandmother; his mother and father suffered sudden heart attacks and died instantly about...